Anti-therapeutic community mental health law

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6993.1530 (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1530

Chief medical officer defends the Mental Health Bill

  1. K C Calman
  1. Chief medical officer Department of Health, London SW1A 2NS

    EDITOR,—Nigel Eastman's editorial seems deliberately to present the Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Bill in the most negative possible light.1 I would like to redress the balance. Eastman says that the bill “attempts to substitute legal rules for resources.” The increased resources devoted to the care of mentally ill people are a matter of record, and I will not repeat it here. But the assertion simply does not stand up. The purpose of aftercare under supervision is defined as being to …

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